"The bet of a Paris without a car must be won without making the capital a dead city"
Grandstand.Containment temporarily cleared Paris of car traffic.Since May 11, rue de Rivoli has been closed to private vehicles.Should we move towards a ban on the circulation of individual vehicles in the capital? This is the path proposed by the mayor of Paris.However, in a city that has managed to keep a human scale, the logic of movement is not independent of the other functionalities (living, working, regenerating body and mind) , nor without effect on the nature of the proposed urbanity.
It is the complexity of the city that is in question.It is not enough to remove or add a functionality for urbanity, and with it the expected mix, to be present.A balance must be found between different components, that either in their measurable dimension or in their "feeling" by the population.The reduction of the space allocated to the automobile, far from reducing the attractiveness of the capital and the quality of life within it, must be the opportunity to tackle the glaring deficit of housing and business premises that makes Paris depopulated.
Build more at height
Today, the center of the Parisian metropolis and its periphery are one entity.Whether inside or outside the administrative boundaries of Paris, which have become abstract, we cannot ignore the interactions between different modes of travel and the location of offices, housing, public facilities, parks and gardens, etc.
If reducing the presence of the automobile in the city is a necessity today, we must measure the immediate effects.In Paris, traffic slows down and "mobility" changes, but if we want to keep the city alive, So dense, it will be necessary to compose this horizontal slowdown with another speed, vertical, that of the elevators.In other words: agree to build more in height…
Posted Date: 2020-06-11